Police: Suspect in 5-car crash had been smoking pot

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by ROB PIERCY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 8:37 AM

Several people face a long road to recovery after a five-car crash on Highway 2 on Monday. The driver accused of causing it - 26-year-old Heather Lee - is in jail.

Lee is a student at Everett Community College. Investigators suspect she was impaired by marijuana at the time of the crash.
  
We talked to Lee's mother, who is thankful her daughter is alive, but devastated for those who were hurt.

"I care about those other people,” said Jackie Foland. “Those poor boys, oh my God.  I'm so sorry for that."

"I just can't imagine what that mother is going through... I can't imagine."

Foland's daughter was behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango on Highway 2 Monday when, troopers say, it crashed head-on into a mini-van driven by Angela Halk, seriously injuring her, one of her kids, and a family friend on their way to the YMCA.
  
Investigators believe Lee may have been high on marijuana.

Lee appeared in court Tuesday in a wheelchair with a broken foot, facing multiple counts of vehicular assault.

State troopers say she admitted to smoking marijuana Monday morning and they found a pipe in the car. Her mother says Heather was traumatized by a violent assault and marijuana is the only thing that helps her PTSD.

"Every kind of medicine they ever tried to put her on messed her up. And marijuana's the only thing that helps her,” said Foland.

"I don't want to judge anybody's character... because I don't know them as well as God does,” said Nathanial Pinson, Angela Halk’s brother.

He says while everyone in the van suffered everything from broken bones to internal injuries, they are all expected to survive.

"She said that she had her guardian angel with her... and she's extremely happy that everybody's okay."

Lee had her two children in the back seat of the car. She said she turned around to them and when she turned back the cars in front of her were stopped and that’s what caused the crash. The children were not hurt.

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